Atkin Report Underscores Chamonix’s Ethos Of Excellence Through Diversity

Chamonix Wine Estate in Franschhoek’s nine 90pt plus scores achieved in this year’s Special Report on South African wine by leading critic Tim Atkin MW underscores the estate’s strive towards consistency and focus in each bottle of wine leaving winery for the market-place. According to Chamonix winemaker Neil Bruwer, this year’s stunning showing in Atkin’s highly regarded report affirms his belief that if you are going to be an all-rounder, you need to be good in all those rounds.


WWF Partnership with South African Wine Set to Make Inroads in International Markets

The South African wine industry’s partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the world’s most recognisable name in global conservation, has the potential to substantially grow the country’s wines’ international and local footprint as the demand for sustainable (agriculture) products increases. According to Shelly Fuller, WWF South Africa’s programme manager for the portfolio of sustainable fruit and wine projects, consumers and retailers worldwide are showing an interest in and a growing demand for sustainably farmed produce. 


Diemersdal’s Famous Eight Rows Shows Class of 2020 Vintage

Diemersdal Estate, the well-known Sauvignon Blanc producer in Durbanville that has been in the Louw family for six generations, has just released the 2020 vintage of its Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc, one of South Africa’s best-known and most awarded wines made from this variety. According to Thys Louw, winemaker-owner of Diemersdal, this Eight Rows 2020 reflects a classy vintage for white wine, characterised by even-ripening and mild temperatures during the harvest season.


Org de Rac Claims Two Top 10 Spots in Winemag Red Blend Report

Top image: Cellarmaster Frank Meaker

In its best showing in a South African wine competition to date, Swartland winery Org de Rac garnered two Top 10 spots in the annual competition for Signature Blended Red wines organised by leading wine portal


Fine and Cold Winter on Org de Rac Bodes well for Organic Vineyard Health

Image Caption: Cellarmaster Frank Meaker

The warm glow of seeing a wine industry re-open after four months of lockdown has been complemented by one of the best Cape winters in a few years. On Org de Rac, the organic wine estate bordering Piketberg in the Swartland, cellarmaster Frank Meaker describes winter 2020 as “the real deal”.


Wineries Chuck Life-line At Cape Restaurants

he Restaurant Rescue Project (RR), launched in July by renowned wine producer Alex Dale and Chef extraordinaire Matt Manning, has already saved five (5) Cape restaurants from permanent or at least temporary closure and hence securing the livelihoods of many employees.


Wine Industry’s Chance to Act on Cheap Plastic Containers

OK, we’ve got it. Or should have. The South African wine industry will never be the same again. Well, whatever is left of it after Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa and his Covid Command Council have finished with us. The authorities will, possibly together with the local liquor bodies, thrash out new regulations. Trading hours, advertising, blood-alcohol levels for drivers and drinking age-restrictions will be revisited, and revamped. Whether the new regulations are implemented, however, remains a different kettle of moonshine all together.


Chamonix Estate Joins Old Vines Project with 55-year-old Chenin Blanc

Top image: Stefan van Rooyen, left, CEO of Chamonix, and winemaker Neil Bruwer

Chamonix Estate, a leading wine producer in the Cape’s Franschhoek region, has joined South Africa’s pioneering Old Vines Project (OVP) committed to conserving the country’s old vineyards and to promote the unique quality of wines made from mature vines.


The Journal: A New Chapter in Diemersdal’s Sauvignon Blanc Legacy

Widely recognised as South Africa’s leading exponent of Sauvignon Blanc, Thys Louw is managing expectations well. The owner-winemaker of Diemersdal Estate seems to make a habit of releasing a new Sauvignon Blanc under his family farm’s brand each year or two.


Org de Rac Reaches New Milestone With Its Special Bordeaux Blend Release

In arguably its best showing in a South African wine competition to date, Swartland winery Org de Rac garnered a Top 10 spot in the annual competition for Bordeaux-style blended red wines organised by leading wine portal The Org de Rac Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Reserve 2017 beat some of the most illustrious names from the Cape’s premium wine regions to take a coveted Top 10 place, validating Org de Rac’s vision of making quality organic wines from classic grape varieties in the Swartland.